The sixth edition of Concept Korea will take place at The Lincoln Center on Friday as part of the New York’s Fashion Week, which is being held from Sept. 6-13 at various venues throughout the city.
The Spring /Summer 2013 presentation will be held under the theme of Five Korean Traditional Colors where five designers will present their interpretations of the five colors and their meanings: Red symbolizing fire and black for water blue for tree white for iron yellow for earth.
Veteran designer Lie Sang-bong will be attending for the fourth consecutive season with the Concept Korea Fashion Collective, taking inspiration from faded photographs and notes to create a collection titled Nostalgia. Son Jung-wan has an appreciative fan base who snap up her girlish, feminine designs. For her third showing in New York, Son finds inspiration in Spanish artist Joan Miro, expressing dreamy and mysterious women under the bright glaring sunlight in a deep, lush forest. Daegu-based designer Choi Bo-ko also takes classical art and paintings as a starting for his first collection in New York Another newcomer to Concept Korea is Kim Hong-bum. The young designer who got his start at Dongdaemun, an area known for its cheap yet trendy offerings, with the brand CRES E. DIM takes on the challenge of showing in New York with a collection titled Extreme Weather.
When designer Kathleen Kye of KYE was eliminated from a fashion survival show in 2009, she is reported to have said,
“You will regret having let me go.”
And she has come back with a story to tell.
The Central St. Martin’s graduate has titled her show Nothing Ever Goes My Way, ironically her fashion career has taken off and she now has the chance to show off her talent in front of an international audience. Her witty take on the dark and heavy subjects of school violence and bullying are just as ironic. Breaking into the fashion scene takes years of promotions and networking on top of pure talent.
“We are trying to help Korean designers get their feet in the door. And that takes years of continued investment,”
said Lee Hyun-ju at Korea Creative Content Agency, adding,
“There is no overnight success.”
Source: Korean Herald